Chambers off for trials at Rangers and Sunderland

Jack Chambers is presented with the Bertie Peacock Trophy by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Jack Chambers is presented with the Bertie Peacock Trophy by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.

Banbridge lad Jack Chambers is edging closer to a full-time contract.

The County Down Milk Cup star will travel to Glasgow for a trial at Rangers later this month before also heading to Sunderland in October.

He will spend five days at Rangers from August 26th and is likely to be invited by more full-time clubs as the clamour for Chambers’ signature begins.

It all comes after the Linfield midfielder picked up the Bertie Peacock trophy for the best county player at the Milk Cup.

And that has put him firmly in the shop window as his ‘dream’ move now looks that bit more possible.

“Hopefully after these number of trials I have coming up, I can get over there,” he told the ‘LEADER.’

“It would be a dream to play over there and hopefully go on to play the rest of my career in England or elsewhere at a professional level.”

Chambers is hoping that move will happen at the end of the coming season, although his 12th July birthday means he would still have a year of GCSEs to complete after any move.

The 15 year-old captained County Down’s Junior Milk Cup side to the Globe final, where they lost 1-0 to Rangers.

Despite that defeat though, it was a game that may have helped Chambers fulfil his ambitions with the Glasgow side now a very possible destination.

“I was aware of a few English clubs watching me (at the Milk Cup) but it didn’t change my mind set and I continued playing my normal game no matter who was watching and also helping the team to win the games,” he said.

Chambers isn’t the first Banbridge player to have picked up the prestigious Bertie Peacock trophy, Aaron Burns having scooped the award for his performances for County Down back in 2007.

“It was a brilliant feeling,” Chambers said after being presented the award by Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill.

“I didn’t actually know about it until the County Down presentation at the Lodge, when I was named County Player for the Tournament. It obviously came as a bit of a surprise but I am absolutely delighted.”

Down Junior manager David Bryson was full of praise for his skipper.

“When you are looking for a captain, you are not just looking for someone who is a very good footballer, you are also looking for someone who can inspire people, an individual who recognizes that their mate is struggling and is able to help.

“Jack has that quality in abundance and was the ultimate team player,” he told the Down Milk Cup website.

Before the tournament, Jack had told the LEADER of his desire to get his own back on Brentford, who had beaten down 4-3 last year.

He said: “The highlight of the week on the football pitch was obviously beating Brentford 4-0 and scorning a goal in that game was also nice. Off the pitch, our highlight was a prank in which we pulled on the two County Down managers of both squads but I won’t go into anymore detail.”

A mystery that remains but the secret of Chambers’ talents is quickly getting out.